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WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Russian attacks on Ukraine energy system caused $1 bln in damages - minister Recent Russian massive drone and missile attacks on Ukrainian energy system have caused more than $1 billion worth of damage to the sector, Ukraine's energy minister German Galushchenko said on Sunday. Since March 22, the Russian forces have been attacking Ukrainian thermal and hydropower stations as well as main networks on an almost daily basis, leading to blackouts in many regions. "Today, we are talking about the amounts of losses for more than a billion dollars. But the attacks continue, and it is obvious that…
There's progress reported in Gaza truce talks, but Israel downplays chances of ending war with Hamas A Hamas delegation was in Cairo on Saturday as Egyptian state media reported “noticeable progress” in cease-fire talksfor Gaza. But Israel hasn’t sent a delegation and a senior Israeli official downplayed prospects for a full end to the war while emphasizing the commitment to invading Rafah. Pressure has mounted to reach a deal halting the nearly 7-month-long war. A top U.N. official says there is now a “ full-blown famine” in northern Gaza, while the United States has repeatedly warned close ally Israel about…
WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Russia hits Ukraine regions, Zelenskiy says Su-25 bomber downed Russian attacks on Ukraine's Kharkiv and Dnipro regions and the Black Sea port city of Odesa killed at least two civilians, set a food factory ablaze and damaged other infrastructure, homes and commercial buildings on Saturday, regional officials said. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia had used eight missiles of various kinds and nearly 70 guided aerial bombs against communities and frontline positions during the day, after Ukraine's air force downed 13 Shahed drones that targeted the Kharkiv and Dnipro regions overnight. Zelenskiy said Moscow had no desire for peace.…
Hamas is sending a delegation to Egypt for further cease-fire talks in the latest sign of progress Hamas said Thursday that it was sending a delegation to Egypt for further cease-fire talks, in a new sign of progress in attempts by international mediators to hammer out an agreement between Israel and the militant group to end the war in Gaza. After months of stop-and-start negotiations, the cease-fire efforts appear to have reached a critical stage, with Egyptian and American mediators reporting signs of compromise in recent days. But chances for the deal remain entangled with the key question of whether…
WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Russia says it has driven Ukrainian army from 211 square miles of territory this year Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said his troops had taken control of 547 square kilometres (211 square miles) of territory this year in what he called Russia's "new regions," a reference to four Ukrainian regions that Moscow says it has annexed. Shoigu, in remarks on Friday to senior military commanders, said Ukrainian forces were retreating all along the front line and that Russian troops were breaking what he called a network of Ukrainian strongholds. "The Ukrainian army units are trying to cling on…
Here's what's on the table for Israel and Hamas in the latest cease-fire talks Israel and Hamas appear to be seriously negotiating an end to the war in Gaza and the return of Israeli hostages. A leaked truce proposal hints at compromises by both sides after months of stalemated talks. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week praised Israel for offering what he described as significant concessions and saying “ the time is now” for Hamas to seal the deal. Hamas leaders, meanwhile, say they are reviewing the proposal in a “positive spirit” and sending a team to Egyptin…
WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Britain's Cameron, in Kyiv, promises Ukraine aid for 'as long as it takes' British Foreign Secretary David Cameron promised three billion pounds ($3.74 billion) of annual military aid for Ukraine for "as long as it takes" on Thursday, adding that London had no objection to the weapons being used inside Russia. "We will give three billion pounds every year for as long as is necessary. We've just really emptied all we can in terms of giving equipment," he told Reuters in an interview on a visit to in Kyiv, adding that the aid package was the largest from…
Blinken presses Hamas to seal cease-fire with Israel, says 'the time is now' for a deal U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken hiked up pressure on Hamas on Wednesday to accept the latest proposal for a cease-fire with Israel, saying the “time is now” for an agreement that would free hostages and pause the nearly seven months of war in Gaza. But a key sticking point appeared to remain — whether the deal would completely end Israel’s offensive as Hamas has demanded. Blinken met with Israeli leaders throughout the day on the last stop of his seventh visit to the…
RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE Russia hits Ukrainian military HQ – MOD Russia has carried out a strike on the Ukrainian military headquarters commanding troops in the southern sector of the front, the Defense Ministry in Moscow has announced. In a statement on Wednesday, the ministry said that the military installation, Ukrainian troops and hardware, were hit by combined air, missile and artillery strikes. Earlier in the day, citing local resistance members, RIA Novosti reported that the Russian military had targeted a Ukrainian HQ in the center of the port city of Odessa. According to the report, three explosions occured in the area,…
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas Brigade al-Qassam have reported multiple incidents in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. According to IDF reports: 1. Overnight, two anti-tank missiles were fired toward the Dovev area, falling in open areas without causing injuries or damage. The IDF retaliated by striking the sources of fire. 2. IDF fighter jets targeted Hezbollah terrorist infrastructure in southern Lebanon, specifically in the areas of Kfarkela and Khiam. 3. The IDF conducted airstrikes on operational tunnel shafts, an anti-tank missile launch post, and terror infrastructure responsible for launching toward Sderot. Additionally, the IDF continued operating in central Gaza,…
June 22, 2024

Stanbic-IBTC founder Atedo Peterside announces retirement as a banker

The founder of Stanbic-IBTC Bank, Atedo Peterside has announced his retirement as a banker. Peterside…
June 23, 2024

Kano emirate tussle gets messier as parties take ‘convenient’ stands on court orders

The details of the judgement of the Federal High Court of Thursday have confirmed that…
June 23, 2024

A sisterhood of millions: the all-women church groups helping people in Nigeria

On a warm Thursday afternoon in May, the ululation, drumming and singing of a choir…
June 23, 2024

3,300-year-old sunken ship found in Mediterranean at a depth where time has 'frozen,' Israel says

A 3,300-year-old ancient sunken ship dating back to the Bronze Age has been discovered in…
June 23, 2024

Retired army general shot dead in Abuja residential estate

Uwem Udokwere, a retired brigadier general, has been killed in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Udokwere…
June 23, 2024

What to know after Day 850 of Russia-Ukraine war

WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Has Russia just dropped a deadly new 3,000kg glide bomb in Ukraine? The…
June 19, 2024

Chips maker Nvidia rises to world’s most valuable company

Nvidia has become the world’s most valuable company following a staggering rally in its shares,…
June 18, 2024

Amusan secures fourth straight national title in 100m hurdles

Tobi Amusan has claimed her fourth consecutive national title in the women’s 100 metres hurdles…

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